After 6 weeks of the season, the waiver wire typically isn’t brimming with sure-fire starters and bright prospects, and this time is no exception. But with 6 teams on bye this week, many fantasy teams are testing the limits of their depth charts. Have no fear…presenting the best of what’s left!
Joey Harrington QB Miami Dolphins
Are you kidding? Harrington as Smokin’ Hot pickup? Well, there have certainly been some better ones, no doubt about it. But with the waiver wire becoming slim pickins as it often is around this time of year, we’re picking Harrington based on this weeks matchup alone. The Fins are playing the Packers at home this weekend and the Chambers / McMichael train has to get back on track eventually, doesn’t it? OK, maybe we’re stretching it just a bit beyond reality here, but with no major breakout performances or injuries last week, we need to fill the slot here somehow. Joey against the Pack certainly isn’t the worst matchup out there by a long shot.
Bryant Johnson WR Arizona Cardinals
Johnson is a great play as long as Larry Fitzgerald is benched with a bad hammy. Leinart is leading the Cards offense like a champ and Johnson will rack up some servicable fantasy numbers for the next few weeks. You’ll be licking your chops starting him against a reeling Raiders squad next week, and with Green Bay next on tap, things don’t get any worse.
Brandon Jacobs RB New York Giants
No, Tiki hasn’t passed the torch just yet. Jacobs is the secondary running option on the Giants, no doubt about it. But what a change of pace guy he’s turning out to be. While Tiki is all about speed and elusiveness, true Giant Jacobs is looking to run over rather than around. Jacobs picked up 53 yards on only 11 carries and rumbled in for a 2 yard TD, his second of the year after scoring 7 TDs last year. Brandon isn’t a receiving threat, but in TD-only leagues he’s an emergency fill-in as the goal-line back.
Bo Scaife TE Tennesee Titans
Bo knows! With Vince Young looking to play out the string for the Titans this year, you can bet that the receiver play will be erratic at best. Scaife has a couple of things going for him in this situation. First, the TE is an early option for the rookie QB. Secondly, Scaife is a former Longhorn teammate of Young and is a trusted option that looks to get plenty of playing time this year with Erron Kinney being placed on injured reserve. This Bo only plays one sport but still has his original hips and looks to be a decent option in a lackluster TE crop this year.
Leon Washingon RB New York Jets
After spending the last two weeks in the “On the Radar” section, Washington moves up a notch. I’m still not sold that he’ll be an every-down back, but he certainly has established himself as the Jets most effective backfield option. Leon was New York’s leading rusher with 58 yards on only 11 carries. Unfortunately, the Jets spent some big cash signing Barlow and he’s likely to get enough carries to hamper Washington’s fantasy numbers for the forseeable future. Nonetheless, if injuries and bye weeks are crimping your style, Washington looks to be good for some points every week.
On the Radar
Brandon Jones WR Tennessee Titans
After a knee blowout caused an early end to a good-looking rookie season, Jones looks to be a part of the Titans receiver rotation once again. Brandon was mentioned in this column several times last season and it’s good to see him back. He’s a big target who isn’t blazingly fast but knows how to use his body to get separation from the defender. He probably isn’t back at full speed yet and the Titans passing game is flakey at best, but keep an eye on Jones in deep or dynasty leagues.
Najeh Davenport RB Pittsburgh Steelers
After being cut by the Packers earlier this year, Davenport finds new life with the Steelers and established himself as the true backup to Fast Willie Parker with a 78 yard and a TD rushing performance, albeit almost entirely after the game outcome was decided. At worst, he’s a good handcuff for Parker owners. And that’s the real poop!!